Grain- Free Diets
Things you need to know
The most important thing you can do is feed your pet a complete and balanced diet that is appropriate for his/her life stage and medical condition. Contrary to popular belief, there are no health benefits to feeding your pet a grain free or exotic ingredient food.
Currently there is a link between feeding your dogs a grain-free or a “boutique” or exotic ingredient diet and a heart disease called Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM). The link may be due to ingredients that are often used to replace grains such as lentils or chick peas. It also may be using exotic meats, vegetables or fruits.
There are many theories out right now to try and explain what is causing DCM. The simple truth is we just don’t know yet. It could be related to the amount of taurine in the diet. Taurine is an amino acid that is naturally found in the body. It could also be an exotic meat, fruit or vegetable that may be toxic to the heart. The FDA and many researchers are actively studying this to try and solve it as quickly as possible.
Because we just don’t know right now, it is recommended that if you are feeding your animal (dog or cat) a grain free or boutique type diet, to change to a non-grain-free diet or a diet that does not have exotic meats, fruits or vegetables in them.
There are over 5000 brands of pet food available. Trying to decide on what to feed your pet can often be an overwhelming task. We are here for you!! Just ask!!
If you would like to read more, here is the link that explains this in a little more detail: http://vetnutrition.tufts.edu/2018/11/dcm-update/